The document used to identify your vehicle is called a Carnet de Passages en Douane (CPD).
The Carnet (pronounced car-nay) is valid for 12 months from the date of issue and saves time, effort and expense.
It allows visitors to temporarily import their private vehicles for a limited period with a minimum of formalities and without the need to make a cash deposit at the frontier in local currency, equivalent to the Customs Duty and other taxes.
A CPD carnet is not required for motor vehicles, camper vans and motor cycles entering the Continent of North America for touring purposes. A CPD carnet is not required in Europe for private or commercial vehicles. In Turkey, a CPD carnet is accepted, but a local document may be purchased at the border in the place of a carnet. People temporarily importing vehicles into these parts of the world are required to sign a personal undertaking that they will re-export the vehicle within the prescribed time limit.
The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) is a member of the AIT/FIA Carnet network which guarantees to Customs authorities around the world payment of Customs Duties on motor vehicles, temporarily imported for touring purposes.
The vehicle must carry current Australian registration while overseas and have an AUS plate fitted near the rear number plate. The AUS plate comes with the Carnet pack.
Download the CPD Carnet application form using the button below.
1. This list may be subject to change due to adjustments in border procedures or customs formalities.
2. Certain countries may accept the CPD even though they fall outside the AIT/FIA customs documents network.
3. Europe: CPD is not required for private or commercial vehicles
United Arab Emirates
*Yemen (Special arrangement with each issuing club)
Trinidad & Tobago
*There is no AIT/FIA guarantor association in these countries
From the 1st September 2016, CPD Carnet holders are required to inform Ikatan Motor Indonesia (IMI) of their temporary importation into Indonesia. The CPD holder/s are required to advise them the following to IMI via email: [email protected] . If this information is NOT received, The Indonesian Customs Office will not accept any vehicle with a CPD carnet into Indonesia.
Please provide the following; Name, Country, CPD number, Port of Entry to Indonesia, Itinerary Plan in Indonesia, Port of exit from Indonesia.
When you are returning your vehicle back to Australia, ensure that your CPD carnet shows a discharge customs stamp from the last overseas port of call. Its imperative you always have the CPD carnet completed when you enter a country and leave a country. This allows AAA to discharge the CPD carnet and return the refundable bond to you. The carnet holder must ensure that the Certificate of Location at the back of the CPD carnet is completed by Australian Customs. Once completed please return the CPD carnet back to AAA GPO Box 1555, Canberra ACT 2601.
AAA recommends that individuals wishing to export their vehicle from Australia should be a financial Member of a constituent motoring organisation of the AAA. Being a Member of a motoring club provides you with reciprocal services whilst overseas.
The AAA can also provide International Camping Cards (for a fee) which provide protection against legal liability for bodily injury and/or property damage to third parties in camping grounds across the world.
Many European camping grounds will only accept guests who are in possession of the Camping Card. Many camping grounds offer discounts and there are a number of special rates for them at parks and attractions available for cardholders.
You should also carry your Australian Driving Licence with you at all times and your current automobile club membership card which will entitle you to reciprocal services from member clubs of the Alliance Internationale de Tourisme (AIT) and the Federation Internationale de’l Automobile (FIA), the two world motoring bodies.